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Today's article will cover Headshots: Love 'em or hate 'em...headshots serve a necessary and important function in our business. As interaction is increasingly technology based (this whole Internet thing for instance) having a flattering image of yourself helps impart a little humanity, provide face recognition, (and hopefully) convey your sense of enthusiasm, grace, and professionalism. Without further delay, let's jump in! Lighting: While there are a myriad of different lighting options, a professional headshot is generally pretty straight forward. I tend to group lighting into one of three categories when working with clients, helping to define the style of the shot (33 comments)
No really, take a nap. Anyone with children understands on an intuitive level how vital a mid afternoon nap can be. Take a look at the paragraph below: It's 3pm, you're in your local grocery. Just then you hear the strident screeching sounds coming from the snack aisle. What could it be?! Fire alarm?! Air Raid?! Nuclear Attack?! No...just an over tired child being told 'no, you can't have the cookies' for the 17th time. Actually I think nuclear attack is probably a less scary prospect than a toddler who's missing a nap, but I digress.
I was reviewing last years work recently when I realized that the images for a favorite client of mine never centered around the 'listing' or property in question. In fact, among all the shoots I'd done for him...I had never photographed a single structure or piece of property he was actually selling. Wait, what? Yup, no pics of the property being sold...ever. Now to be fair he mostly does large development deals. As a result it's rare there is anything much to shoot.
Instead he calls me when he wants marketable images of the local area. He gives me a (21 comments)
If you are anything like me you've had the...um...you know, occasional mishap. OK, wait...I need to be a little more forthright. I've goofed up, made mistakes; I've been late, I've been too early, overslept, said the wrong thing, used the wrong name, dressed inappropriately, misunderstood the context. My Professional Photographer equipment has failed, I've deleted key files, failed to understand objectives, turned in work late, failed to take the picture I wanted. etc. etc etc. The list goes on! Let me tell you how it feels when I make a mistake. It hurts! I want to crawl back into bed with a (14 comments)
I can't believe how some real estate agents consider themselves professionals, see below: My Wife (who incidentally is a real estate agent herself) has a 3M+ pre-sale listing in a premier area of Kirkland Washington. It's mixed use space, full commercial floor with a 9 car parking garage below. Top floor is a luxurious penthouse with a private elevator. All of this on Market St., a rapidly growing and desirable area of Kirkland. Did I mention it has waterfront views? URL below: http://www.1312market.com/ Well today she had a meeting with a brokerage owner. Not a new agent, not an established agent, not even (2 comments)
You dazzled them with the listing presentation Your comps came in with the precision of Swiss Engineering Via expert negotiation you secured the best price for your client and in record time Time for a pat on the back, job well done? Don't forget that closing gift! :) A well thought out and timely closing gift is critical to conveying that you genuinely care about your client's satisfaction with their purchase. Closing gifts need not be expensive (though in some markets it will make sense to invest more) but they should be creative and most of all thoughtful. Family portraiture (25 comments)
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